We love spring activities that get kids moving! This fun rainbow parachute activity will be a hit with your little ones for sure!
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What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of St. Patrick’s Day? For me, it’s RAINBOWS! I love the bright colors and the sure sign of spring ahead. I recently came across a parachute activity that was written by Rich Lynerd, a PE teacher from Maryland.
It was based on the poem “The Big Circle” by Brod Bagert and is an awesome way to incorporate some gross motor movement into a St. Patrick’s Day activity perfect for preschoolers through 2nd graders.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
–different colored yarn balls (beanbags or other small balls would also work)
WHAT TO DO:
A leader will need to read the poem as the children perform the requested movements. The activity is broken into parts and should be performed in sequence.
“I’m a seed that needs to grow, so hurry sunshine, melt that snow.”
-Place yarn balls in the middle of the parachute and have the children shake the chute to make the seeds (balls) spring into the air.
“My roots are creeping through the crud, curling underneath the mud.”
-Raise the parachute up and call out the names of a few children to crawl underneath the mud (chute), while the other children sit and shake the chute. Give everyone a turn to move under the parachute.
“My stem is rising, long and green, into the air so fresh and clean. My luscious leaves are having fun, basking in the morning sun.”
-Give each child one yarn ball. Raise the chute in the air like the growing stem, then call out the colors of the yarn one at a time. The kids should throw their yarn ball onto the parachute as they hear their color. Red Roses, Green Shamrocks, Yellow Sun, Blue Sky…
“Busy, little buzzy bee, I’m a flower, come find me.”
-Choose two children to be the bees and two children to be the flowers. The flowers go underneath the chute and crawl around, while the bees crawl on top of the chute (low and slow for safety) trying to find the flowers.
-When they find them, they should tap them gently. The other children sit and shake the chute, trying to keep the flowers hidden.
“I grew with such amazing speed, but once again I’m just a seed. Hurry, sunshine, melt that snow. I’m a seed that wants to grow.”
-Finish the poem with everyone inside the parachute. First make the flower (parachute) grow by raising it your heads, step inside without letting go and then sit down on the inside of the chute, making sure to sit on the edges of the chute.
-Have the kids keep the chute under their bottoms and scoot towards the center. This will make the “flower” rise and grow.
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